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Release Date:
30 January 1957 (USA) See more »
When she got mad she sizzled...and she was mad! Mad at the general, all of Washington, and herself! See more »
The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Susan Hayward ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale

Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin

Paul Stewart ... Phil Bentley

Jim Backus ... Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell ... General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters ... Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox ... Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Kruger

Charles Lane ... Bill Hadley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Blair ... Sgt. Ferguson (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Military Counsel (uncredited)
Sydney Chatton ... Drunk at Table (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter / Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Houseman (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Armande (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man outside Senate Hearing (uncredited)
James Flavin ... American Legionnaire (uncredited)
Terry Frost ... Policeman (uncredited)
Patti Gallagher ... Girl (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Clerk at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Mr. Jones, Process Server (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Myrna Maynard (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Spectator at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Hugh Lawrence ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Civilian Counsel (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Newsreel Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Charlie (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... George W. Radburn (uncredited)
Lyn Osborn ... Stumpy (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Trial Broadcaster (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Field Marshal (uncredited)
Lee Choon Wha ... Korean Dignitary (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
John P. Marquand (novel "Melville Goodwin, U.S.A.")

Roland Kibbee 
Allan Scott 

Produced by
Martin Rackin .... producer
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Goldman .... prop master (uncredited)
Morris Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Irvin Jay .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Jensen .... boom operator (uncredited)
M.A. Merrick .... sound (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine .... best boy (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Flaherty .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Other crew
Frederick J. Bremerman .... technical advisor (as Lieutenant Colonel Frederick J. Bremerman)
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Sally Lorraine .... stand-in: Susan Hayward (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney .... stand-in: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

This film was originally called 'Melville Goodwin, U.S.A' and was set to star Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. However, Bogart's persistent cough and difficulty eating became too serious to ignore and he dropped the project.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Shallow caricatures instead of real people., 19 January 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Hayward is a clichéd stereotype--the tough as nails lady who really just needs a man! Because of this, you KNOW where the film will eventually go. If you think about it, this is the sort of woman she ALSO played in "The Conquerer", "Where Love Has Gone", "David and Bathsheba" and countless other films.

The movie begins with a VERY one-dimensional lady publisher (Hayward) deciding to do a hatchet piece on a famous general. In other words, while she would pretend to be fair, she already decided to make the article very negative regardless of how their interviews go. So, she invites him over to her house to stay for a few days--and again and again, she tries to trip him up and get him to say something she could twist and take out of context. As for the General (Kirk Douglas), he's almost as one-dimensional--way too perfect, sexist and in control to be real. I am surprised after this inauspicious beginning that I actually continued watching the film--especially since I knew what would happen next. After all, the fact that the movie is called "Top Secret Affair" made this deduction pretty easy! Basically, she tries again and again and again (without luck) and in the process falls in love with the guy. Is there more to the film than this? Not really.

Considering that at the time, Douglas and Hayward were top stars, it is surprising they'd be put into such a mediocre B-movie plot. Despite the budget, it's not a particularly good film and it's not surprising that the film isn't particularly famous. A must-see for die-hard fans of Douglas or Hayward but no one else.

By the way, I read one time that Kirk Douglas didn't like folks knowing he was 5'9" (which, by the way, is a perfectly fine height). In many films, they either hired very short actors or put them in trenches to make him appear taller. In the film, he even says he's 6' tall!

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